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Natural Light - Anheuser-Busch

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43
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1,431 Ratings
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Ratings: 1431
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 1.68
pDev: 44.05%


Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Natural Light is brewed with a blend of premium American and imported hops, and a combination of malt and corn. Its longer brewing process produces a lighter body, fewer calories and an easy-drinking character.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-15-2001)
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FrattyNattyKA

Tennessee

2.23/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Natural light, or "Frat Water" as it is known in the Greek system is honestly a good go to beer for when you're hosting social events and you don't care what you're serving as long as there is a LOT of it at an affordable price. Like most American "water" beers, natural light has a lower alcohol level, which makes ideal for social occasions so your night doesn't get too crazy but won't miss out on that nice buzz (if you're responsible). I love my frat water but alas, if you are looking for a well thought out, rich and flavorful beer this isn't the right brewski for you.

Appearance- a pale golden color, plenty of carbonation bubbles with a white frothy head when poured

Smell- hops with a mild hint of wheat

Taste- highly carbonated feeling with the aforementioned taste of wheat barley and hops, very bitter and nondescript almost

Mouthfeel- bitter and fizzed quite a bit

Overall- for the price Natural is a good go to beer for social events but for pleasure not so much.

Serving type: can

08-14-2013 03:15:09 | More by FrattyNattyKA
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Carl_R

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev +19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to split a case of nat light with a friend in high school when it was $10 a case. The alcohol content and flavor is even less in Oklahoma than in most states. It was my go to beer when I only had $5 in my pocket. Other than the price there isnt much to like about this beer.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 02:00:55 | More by Carl_R
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doubleg35

Texas

3.59/5  rDev +113.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An affordable beer with a light refreshing taste at the end of that nice gulp. It is frowned upon by many people I know BUT most of them have never even tried it, go figure! This beer to me is refreshing after a long day. You can drink many and not get too wasted. This is a nice beer to enjoy. Go drink one with a open mind.

Serving type: can

07-14-2013 20:44:59 | More by doubleg35
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Andreias21

Florida

2.65/5  rDev +57.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look, I take this beer for what it is. It certainly didn't set out to win awards and have people trade it world-wide, but it is easy to drink, great for a summer day when you are low on cash. It helped me limp through college on a limited budget, so for that I thank you Natty Light.

Serving type: can

05-22-2013 19:10:09 | More by Andreias21
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Kelsiemoeller

Michigan

1.31/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

A-Fizzy, light, and yellow in color. Has tons of bubbles/carbonation and it is very clear.

S-Very watery smell.

T-Probably the most watery beer I have ever tasted.

M-Still watery...

Overall- Super light, tastes almost like a glass of water that someone accidentally spilled a little bit of their beer into. Not good at all.

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 20:48:32 | More by Kelsiemoeller
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metter98

New York

1.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

A: The beer is crystal clear and very light yellow in color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness along with some hints of grain.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer is not very pleasant - it sort of tastes bad like a very skunked beer from a green bottle but what is really disappointing is this came from a can so it wasn't even spoiled by light.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 21:41:36 | More by metter98
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armiakhe

Michigan

2.45/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Overall I did not care for this beer very much. It had a very skunky smell when i opened the can and the taste was a little like watered down. It might have been because it was a light instead of normal but I still did not care for it. The overall mouth feel was not very great either which is why i only gave it a 2 out of 5.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 13:18:50 | More by armiakhe
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keeganfrank

Ohio

1.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Despite the fact that everybody I knew in college drank this stuff by the gallon, this is only the second time I've had a Natty Light. It barely even looks like a beer-reminds me more of water from a rusty pipe, only with tons of carbonation. Smells of sugar and vegetables and tastes about the same, with the addition of a faint metallic aftertaste. Very, very thin body.

Serving type: can

04-16-2013 21:00:26 | More by keeganfrank
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

1.03/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Why Not, I have not reviewed it- I heard great things from this one from the STCWB. Poured this 22 ounce can into a pint glass. This Light Lager poured a pale yellow color, produced an ultra thin white head, and featured piss poor retention. The aroma consisted of cereal grain and cooked veggies. Light in body, a foundation of thin malted grain, and a small dose of hops. Bottom line....this is Barely Beer.

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 20:52:17 | More by GossageBrewery
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fmccormi

New York

1.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Straight pour from a 12oz can to my nice Duvel Single tulip (roughly 33cl); born-on date of March 5, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“05MAR13 BE06”). So, a little over a month old. Four and a half weeks, we’ll say—reasonably fresh.

Appearance (2.25): Pretty good head on this, yielding a good three fingers of crackly, bone-white foam composed of very fine and a few gurgling, fat bubbles. Not great retention—bubbles down at an okay rate, but it leaves essentially no lacing and very little on the surface. The body, meanwhile, is very, very pale, yellow-ish, and crystal-clear. Below average-looking body, above average-looking head. Retention is mediocre at best.

Smell (2.0): Some lightly sweet, cooked corn and sugar cookie scent, and just the slightest little bit of vegetal bitterness, like a faint, herbal snap closing things out. Pretty, y’know. Underwhelming, even for the style.

Taste (1.5): There’s . . . something. Somewhere in there, there’s a flavor. It’s like the water left in a pan of green beans at the high school cafeteria. But there’s a very, very low-level sweetness underneath, again something like a sugar cookie, but dissipated to to like 5 ppm. Afterwards, it leaves a vaguely vegetable-ish impression, more of that green bean water.

Mouthfeel (2.0): Well, I guess it’s easy to drink. Very subdued carbonation, foaming very lightly on the way down. Watery feel, very light-weight. It’s not offensive, just more of a . . . non-presence than anything else.

Overall (1.75): I’m thoroughly convinced that there are good AAL’s out there, but this, like many others, is marked more by its absence. It’s just not bringing anything, really, to the table. And you know what? It is what it is. But it’s a boring, slightly offensive, piece of shit.

Serving type: can

04-07-2013 04:50:16 | More by fmccormi
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

1.71/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a light straw color with a surprisingly small fizzy white head. The head fades quite fast leaving very little lacing and a thin layer of foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is very light overall, but nothing is really off about it. It consists of a mix of bready, caramel and corn sugar smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a very watery light bready taste with a bit of caramel and corn. The corn grows stronger while the malt and caramel flavors grow weaker. Some flavors of a more paper and metallic flavor hit the tongue toward the middle and the end leaving a very dry and off aftertaste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is very weak and watery with a carbonation level that is slightly on the higher side. Overall pretty appropriate for the style, but noting too exceptional.

Overall – Well… It is considered a frat brew beer for a reason. Cheap, cheap, cheap and not one to go to if you are looking for something with flavor, but if looking to party with and colleged aged then maybe… I'll leave it to others though.

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 02:39:56 | More by Darkmagus82
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iman99

Louisiana

2.98/5  rDev +77.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good beer. It's affordable and Light. Doesn't taste much worst than Bud Light. If I was going to buy this or Bud Light I would buy Natural Light there is not much of a difference though Natural Light does have a watered down taste it is not as watery as keystone light and still around the same price.

This beer does not get you drunk unless you drink a 12 pack or something so it is a good beer for kicking back after work.

Has a nice refreshing feel when drinking just like drinking sparkling water.

The taste is easy and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a good macro beer definitely worth trying.

Serving type: can

02-24-2013 00:16:54 | More by iman99
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EdgeT


1.85/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This beer is horrible! If you are familiar with Natural Ice (just as bad) then you should know that this is just a more dull and watered down version of that. The 'Light' part of this beer just made the 'Ice' version a lot worse. I wouldn't suggest and of the Natural beers because they are not well brewed. The cans are very boring and unattractive as well.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 03:55:03 | More by EdgeT
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

1.25/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

If you drink this, you are purely intending to get inebriated. As a college student, I see this a lot; but I cannot drink it. It's very easy to drink, however. But it's basically water. I don't think A-B intended it to be a good brew, just to be drank in mass consumption.

Serving type: can

02-04-2013 03:34:36 | More by Jacurdy60
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emerge077

Illinois

2.33/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aug 12 printed on bottom of can, freshness likely doesn't factor in here.

Poured into a pint, it's a pale sickly yellow, close to tea or water. Flimsy lid on the surface that fades to a patchy cirrus skim and no lace. Slow carb trails, a good sign after being in the freezer... to taste the cold, naturally.

Wet grain and sweet apple aroma, like watered down apple juice.

Papery grains and light sweet apple, dull and insipid, dry papery finish, though pretty clean. Astringent if over 35 degrees. When super cold it's not terrible, definitely have had worse. Quenching and non-intellectual.

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 02:22:51 | More by emerge077
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

1.38/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I've had worse.

Straw pale yellow, clear pour. Watery. Head up front, soapy. It leaves

Stale corn husk aroma. Sweet sweat socks.

I suppose for the style, this flavor is off just a bit. Bland corn husk, dirty socks, vinegar. Harsh. Ick.

It does have carbonation, which is a life saver for this beer. Without it, the staleness of the malt flavor would linger too long. Well, it does anyway, but it would be even longer

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 19:25:56 | More by Mebuzzard
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Dope

Massachusetts

1.9/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pale super-light yellow pour - perfectly clear. Big fluffy, fizzy white head.
Touch of fluffy lacing here and there.

S: Light sweet cereal grain.

T: Super light sweet cereal grain, maybe corn? Very little flavor but largely unoffensive.

M: It's water, more or less.

O: Cheap and crappy light lager, what do you expect. Almost no flavor or aroma. What little there is, isn't particulary good either. Bleh.

Serving type: can

12-23-2012 21:26:12 | More by Dope
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Theshooster

Korea (South)

1/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Everything about this beer says budget budget budget. It smells like molded water, taste like molded water, and does not give you a buzz. Obviously brewed with corn or other fillers

A - Light as can be

S - As mentioned before, like molded water, the smell is quite awful

T - Almost as if you are drinking salted water

M - No body or texture

O - I do not suggest drinking this beer, it can not be healthy

Serving type: can

12-10-2012 04:48:45 | More by Theshooster
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kshizzle101

Washington

2.38/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass

Appearance - clear yellow. One inch head which dissipates almost immediately. Some but very little lacing.

Smell- almost no smell. Faint hops. smells like a light beer

Taste - Faint hops and some malts towards the end

Mouthfeel - extremely light. good carbonation though

Overall - One of the better light beers. Easy to drink and very crisp.

Serving type: can

12-07-2012 03:33:47 | More by kshizzle101
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1professional


4.63/5  rDev +175.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely love it!!! My 1st choice when it comes to buying beer. Its cheap and for someone who drinks it like I do, thats a good thing. It's very good when its very cold but I could really care less. Not many people "bum" beer off of me because most folks dont drink it

Serving type: can

12-03-2012 08:32:12 | More by 1professional
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Brandtmo


3.75/5  rDev +123.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite session beers. It's inexpensive and easy to drink.

It pours a pale yellow with lots of carbonation.

Goes down extremely easily as long as its cold.

Taste like a cheap light beer should taste. Cheap and Light. Perfect for stock piling the cooler when camping or fishing in the summer.
Beware: You are certainly not going to impress anyone with Natty.

Serving type: can

11-25-2012 22:12:16 | More by Brandtmo
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Winston_Smith

Kentucky

1.23/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Disclaimer: You MUST drink this beer ice-cold. If not, don't bother at all. Poured from a tall boy ($1.39) into a fat flute.

Appearance: Clear piss color. Almost water... Just about completely transparent.

Smell: Contaminated water.

Taste: There's certainly *something* in there that isn't water, but it's hard to tell.

Mouthfeel: Lightest beer ever.

Overall: If this is all you can afford, don't drink tonight. The only redeeming quality I could really mention about this "beer" is that I could drink it at a moderate pace probably all day and not get myself into trouble. If it's 100 degrees out, and it's under ice in your cooler, and no one else contributed to the beer fund that day, forcing you to take care of it all, it MIGHT be an acceptable choice. MAYBE.

Serving type: can

11-20-2012 05:52:12 | More by Winston_Smith
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beershrine

California

2.7/5  rDev +60.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A:Light straw color
S: Smell of cereal grains, light alcohol wiff.
T: smooth taste a very light unoffensive beer. I can detect a head retension chemical. Doesn"t have the dish soap after taste like Miller and finishes better (dryer) than bud or coors, etc..
M: light mouthfeel finishes very light, nice

Overall value of this beer is a 5
18packs are 10.99 thats .61 each

This beer is near the top of the watery light lager catagory.
My go to: economy travel beer

Serving type: can

11-07-2012 01:29:35 | More by beershrine
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DoItRight

California

5/5  rDev +197.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here's why to drink this beer: You want fresh light bubbly refreshment on a hot day. It is perfect for that, so hence a five out of five. This is a basic no frills top quality refreshing warm/hot weather beer, or for when you want a water bubbly light beer. Perfection for that quality.
Plus, you can get three quarts for five dollars out the door. It's the go-to beer for bubbly watery beery refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:07:55 | More by DoItRight
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tectactoe

Michigan

1.26/5  rDev -25%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

The last time I had a Natty Light, I was trying to bounce a ping pong ball into a red Solo cup at the other end of the table. Natty Light is one of those beers that you drink because it's super cheap. It tastes like water that's been filtered through an old, rusty pipe. Nobody enjoys it, nobody likes it. They drink it because it goes down like Aquafina and they're still technically drinking "beer". But this is far from beer.

So pale of a straw color that it might as well be clear. Mild chill haze. No aroma... Oh, wait... I think I'm getting something... Smells like metal and corn. My favorite. Tastes a little like metal and corn, too. Very grainy and watery. It isn't so much offensive as it is basically nonexistent by any "beer" related metrics. Very nearly no smell, taste, color, and the mouth feel is akin to tap water with some carbonation. Overall, I'd suggest going to bed thirsty before wasting your time and money on this stuff. Yuck.

Serving type: can

08-09-2012 00:47:40 | More by tectactoe
Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
43 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.